The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program uses a selective process to determine which students will be accepted into the program. Acceptance into the program is based on a point system which includes scores from a behavior based interview, high school and college GPA's, and the number of additional science and math classes with a grade of "C" or better. The higher the grade on the science and math courses, the more points awarded.
The program accepts between 5-10 students each year based upon clinical site availability. Acceptance letters will be emailed out approximately one month after the interview process has been completed. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program starts each year in August.
To be considered for acceptance into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program please complete the following steps:
Fill out the application form and send it along with the non-refundable $20.00 application fee to the school. Please do not send cash. We accept checks and credit card payments. Checks should be made payable to the School of Diagnostic Imaging, Cleveland Clinic. For credit card payments, call Gloria at 216-692-7512.
Send your official high school and college transcripts directly to the school.
The form can be downloaded using the Application Form link from the menu on the left. To view the application, you must have Adobe Reader installed. For the latest version of Adobe Reader please visit Adobe's website. Deadline for application submission and completion of all pre-requisite courses is February 1st each year.
- Candidates must have good eyesight either naturally or through correction. They must be able to see the printed words in a textbook and be able to read and accurately interpret the numbers on charts and diagrams.
- Candidates must have the ability to hear instructions and be able to respond to verbal requests by patients.
- Candidates must be able to life a minimum of thirty (30) pounds and possess the ability to support up to 175 pounds. MRI technologists must assist, support and move patients from wheelchairs and carts onto examination tables which requires the use of their back and muscles.
- MRI technologists must verbally instruct patients and be able to express concern and empathy for them. Candidates must possess good verbal and nonverbal communication skills as evidenced from the application and interview process. MRI technologists must perform data entry with dexterity and accuracy.
- Candidates must be physically and mentally capable of fulfilling the objectives of the MRI program. The school will make reasonable accommodations to assist a student with a disability to advance through the program. However, candidates must be aware that the school is located on the third floor of a building with no elevator. Candidates must have sensory function adequate for patient assessment and care. They must possess the physical status needed to provide all aspects of care in a safe manner. (Please see Special Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy)
Individuals applying to the School of Diagnostic Imaging Cleveland Clinic Health System:
- Shall possess a minimum of an associate's degree although it does not have to be in the radiologic sciences.
- Have an accumulative GPA of 2.50.
- Must provide a current e-mail address with their application. This is needed to contact you for clinical observation and for access to the program learning management system. No application will be processed without a valid and current e-mail.
- Must participate in a behavior based personal interview with program officials.
- Must complete the college credit course pre-requisites. The program is not able to offer placement tests for the pre-requisite courses. In addition, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program does not accept advanced placement, transfer students, or transfer credits from any college or MRI program.
- Possess good verbal and nonverbal communication skills as evidenced by the application and interview process. MRI technologists must verbally instruct patients and be able to express concern and empathy for patients.
- Candidates are encouraged to submit the pre-requisites by February 1st or until the program has sufficient applications that meet the requirements. All courses must have a traditional letter grade. Candidates may be considered who meet most of the requirements if there is evidence that they will meet the requirements prior to the beginning of the program. The School of Diagnostic Imaging does not accept the pass/no pass grading option. Credit(s) earned at other institutions or programs will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee using transfer.org to determine if they meet the program requirements.
Applicants must have completed the following college credit pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or better:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology I, completed within the last ten years
- Anatomy & Physiology II, completed within the last ten years
Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
Criminal Background Check
All students accepted into the School of Diagnostic Imaging must complete a criminal background check. Students with a criminal record may not be eligible to participate in a clinical rotation, receive a professional licensure/registration, or obtain employment in the health field. The Cleveland Clinic covers the cost of the background check.
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers must be completed prior to starting the program and only Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association, or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross is accepted. Please submit a copy of your CPR card with your application.
Health Requirements including vaccinations are located on the Clinical Health Requirements page.
Questions? Contact Halley Majersky at 216-692-7523 or 216-212-0484 or contact Kimberly Saghy at 216-692-7889 or 216-554-3375.